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Minutes Meeting of Industrial Liaison Board
14 May 2014
Guy Brown
Lesley Brealey
Joe Chacko
Sam Chapman
Fabio Ciravegna
Richard Clayton
Tony Cowling
Michael Dimelow
Marian Gheorghe
Martin Gleadlow
Stuart Green
Christian Haggqvist
Jim Hardisty
Mike Holcombe
Rob Iball
Andrew Lowe
Steve Maddock
Roger Moore
Chris Murray
Andrea Povah
Kathryn Roden
Lucia Specia
Charlotte Swain
Guy Brown
Lesley Brealey
Joe Chacko
Sam Chapman
Fabio Ciravegna
Rik Barker (Technophobia), John Brown (Ask4), Linus Cash (Student Representative), Mandy
Chessell (IBM), Jon Collett (IBM), Matt Dudbridge (State Street Global Markets), Simon
Fisher (IBM), David Forrester (Lightwork Design), Anthony Fretwell-Downing (Fretwell
Downing Group), Vita Lanfranchi (K-Now), Gemma Minish (Thales), Helen Oritis (BAML),
Mark Shackleton (BT)
Head of Department
Chair of Industrial Liaison
Projects Officer
Accreditation and BCS contact
Director of Enterprise Computing Course
ZOO Digital Group (External Chair of Industrial Liaison)
Director of Teaching
Placements Officer
Genesys Business Manager
Industry Liaison Manager - Sheffield Engineering Gateway
Head of Department
Chairman of Industrial Liaison
1. Welcome and apologies
Noted: SG welcomed the committee and acknowledged the apologies.
2. Minutes of last meeting
Noted: It was agreed that the minutes of the last meeting were a fair and accurate record.
3. HoD Presentation
GJB reported that we are currently ranked 6th out of 100 in The Guardian league table and that
we are 17th in the Complete University Guide. Graduate employment rates continue to be good
with 95% in graduate level jobs or further education within 6 months of graduation.
The undergraduate market continues to be volatile. Applications are up by 50% for 2014 entry.
Interest in PGT courses has fallen but the department is investigating articulation agreements
with overseas institutions. GJB asked the board members to ‘watch this space’ as we will
probably have more to say next year.
A new UG module on algorithms and data structures will start next academic year for first year
students and we are involving epiGenesys more with our first and second year group projects.
We are looking at a new MSc programme in Graphics/ Virtual Reality.
The department currently offers Degrees with Employment Experience and from September
2014 we will also offer Year in Industry Degrees
MD asked how we are scoping our new MSc and asked what comes out at the end of it. SCM
replied that there has not been any industry input at the moment and that we have just looked at
what is currently available in the UK. It won’t just be computer graphics it will be Computer
Science with … MD stated that he is happy to give input into the degree and that it would be
useful to get an idea of how it is structured. SCM replied that we have a new VC fellow whose
research is in the field of simulation and that the aim is to bring more of his work into the degree
programme over time. GJB said that the intention was to refine the programme over the next
few years.
The department will get the Ref rating on the 18 December 2014. The outcome will affect the
HEFCE research budget.
The department has secured some successful research grants and also some industrial funding –
the Department is always looking to get more industrial funding.
There have been some high profile research projects hitting the news.
Headstart summer school for prospective students, Week long residential course.
Ambassador Scheme. Two year long programme for Y9 students from three local schools. The
students attend a programme of classes run by the Department and are expected to act as
ambassador’s at their local school (running assemblies and computer clubs). One school
reported that 78 out of 198 students now want to take GCSE in computing and 50% of the
students are girls.
Pam liversidge Building (formally known as the Graduate Engineering School). Focus on taught
postgraduate students. Links to the Department through Insigneo and SCentrRo.
The Diamond (formally known as the New Engineering Building) for undergraduate teaching in
the Faculty of Engineering. Building is well underway and will be ready by Sept 2015.
Strategic review:
GJB asked the board members if we are teaching what they want. The Department is keen to get
input from the industrial members and GJB explained that we are thinking of changing the name
to the Industrial Advisory Board as we would like the board to have more of an advisory role.
SG thought it would be good to know that the function of the group is and what role industry can
have to help. At the moment it is good to hear what is going on in the department but the board
isn’t really proactive in helping the department improve and that it has more of a passive role.
GJB suggested the board could meet twice a year and that items like the annual review of
teaching successes could be shared. SG suggested using a feedback questionnaire to collect
suggestions and thoughts of the role of the board. AJC thought it might be useful for the board
members to have a background briefing document before completing any questionnaire so they
can understand any possible constraints.
SG said that the day is valuable to get up-to-date with what is happening in the department and
that board members would need directed input for the questionnaire (ask questions like we are
looking at an MSc in … what do you think? This is better than us asking an open ended question).
The board members would also need to be asked about directed and specific matters rather
than generic matters.
AL suggested that as there is such a broad range of members it would be useful for them all to
know what we are teaching and where students want to go after their studies.
MG added that it would be useful to have the sectors and job titles of where we expect our
students to go.
4. Presentations
Mike Holcombe: Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC)
Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Three research themes: Big Data, Simulation and Software Testing. HEFCE have funded the first
three years and it has been set up to help bridge the gap between research and industry.
The ACRC are setting up an Industry Group which will be separate from the ILB.
Rob Iball: K-Now
Spin out company from the University of Sheffield. Try and commercialise some of the research
coming out of the department. Look at crowd behaviour and event management. Offer
Internships to students.
Helen Thorpe: Work Experience and Year in Industry
Careers service advertises placements to students. Students apply for a year in industry in their
penultimate year and the placement can be in the UK or overseas.
Value of a placement year is that it encourages students to become more employable and they
are more focused when they come back. Students also get paid during their year out.
The careers service wants to maximise industry links and there is an Engineering Careers Fair in
Keen to encourage students to get work experience.
Students are still applying for placements so it isn’t too late to advertise.
5. Best Poster
Best Video: £50 Amazon voucher sponsored by the Department. Winner: Luke Heavens (3D
Portraiture System)
Most Innovative: £150 prize sponsored by The Floow. Winner: Tarlan Sulymanov (Animating
‘Zeno’ the RoboKind Humanoid Robot: Navigation in a Mobile Environment)
Best Poster: Nexus Tablet sponsored by IBM. Winner: Adam Boorman (Sensor Based Mobile
Application For Citizen Science)
Most Enthusiastic (runner up prizes): Sifa Senday (aMask: Kinect based software for virtual
facial substitution and decoration) and Amy Nicholson (The TWITTERATI - Text Sentiment
Analysis of Twitter Data).
Noted: MD commented that he felt there was far too much detail on the posters and that more
work could be done on the poster structure.